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Galatians 5:25 ” Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

I’ve heard them called shoulder taps, or God moments.  It’s when the Holy Spirit impresses on your spirit to speak or do something for someone…sometimes a complete stranger.  It’s when that still small voice tells you to perform a kind act, or speak words of encouragement into a person’s life.  It may not be profound…it may only take a minute of your time…but know that this interaction is divinely arranged…and requires your obedience without hesitation.  These shoulder taps are a way that God manifests His love to a lonely and lost world…and what He asks of us is to just hear and obey.  So, step out in faith when the Holy Spirit urges you…for you never know the impact you may have on someone’s life.

Romans 8:5 ” Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”

Within us is an ever raging battle…sometimes with one side winning, sometimes with the other.  The battle is between our flesh and the Holy Spirit.  It was fine before we were Christians…there was no need for any kind of battle…we just did what we wanted.  But now that we live by the promptings of the Holy Spirit within, the conflict has started.  What do you have your mind set on?  It tells us in this verse that you’re either devoted to your corrupt sinful nature…or you’re mindful of the Holy Spirit.  So how can we change this cycle?   It says in Galatians 5:16, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”  Living by the Spirit is listening carefully, reacting immediately, and obeying promptly.

Isaiah 6:5 ” Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips…”

In the presence of God, Isaiah realized instantaneously his sin of impure language.  In that moment of God’s presence, there’s never any vague, broad sense of sin…rather the Lord will laser focus in on some specific personal area of your life you need to change.  Your attention will be directed to it,  followed by conviction to take personal responsibility and confess the sin to Him…followed by you acknowledging your need for forgiveness.

I Peter 2:1 ” Therefore rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”

Growing in our salvation is a process…a conscious, everyday struggle of putting off our old self to be made new in the attitude of our minds. (Ephesians 4:22)  This verse should convict and challenge us all to look at our conduct, actions, and manner…and free ourselves from the chains of all the negativity.  For it tells us later in this chapter,  “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (Vs 16)  Letting loose of negative emotions will unchain you from the past while freeing you for the future.

II John 2 ” Because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever.”

Truth comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in you.  We are to be firmly established in that truth, which is ultimate, absolute, and divinely revealed, but at the same time difficult to distinguish from all the world’s noise.  That still small voice is a whisper against the clamber of everything around us.  Oh how wonderful it would be if the Holy Spirit had a blow-horn poised by my ear to direct me!  But instead I must listen…and listen acutely for His voice.  Do you want to know the truth?  Then you must train your ears to listen carefully, blocking out the din around you and disciplining your mind .  As this verse says, the truth lives within you…you just need to listen.

Acts 10:47 ” Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’ “

Peter and the other Believers with him couldn’t dispute what they witnessed in the house of Cornelius.  The Holy Spirit was super-naturally  poured out on the Gentiles while Peter was still mid-sentence, telling them about Jesus.  Now Peter could have questioned this…”But Lord, these people are very different from us!  We don’t have anything in common with them.  They’re a different race and culture from us!  Are You sure You know what You’re doing?”  Sometimes, as fellow-Believers, we can find ourselves asking the same questions of those we find different from us.  Yes, we may not share a lot…but we do have a common denominator…faith in Jesus Christ.  Together we are one Body…one Church…united in our trust of our Savior…joined together eternally by our faith.

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

I can’t stress too much the need for you to be in the Bible…to be reading for yourself…learning for yourself what is said within  the book covers.  Devotionals and commentaries are good…but they’re telling you about God.  To have a full, complete, and enlightened instruction of what’s in the Bible, you must read it for yourself…allowing the light of truth to illuminate the areas of your life that need change.  So I ask you…are you brave enough to have the word of God shine a light into the dark places of your soul?